Novgorod 2004

Mighty Novgorod was a project that has digitally reconstructed the Church of the Assumption near Novgorod, Russia, one of the entries in the UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list.


Foto: Ars Electronica Futurelab
Foto: Ars Electronica Futurelab


On the basis of a 3-D model produced by students at the Academy of Art and Design in Offenbach, Germany, the Ars Electronica Futurelab created an interactive installation that presented a virtual mock-up of the church in the Frankfurt Cathedral. To accomplish this, the model was worked up for stereographic projection and an interface was developed to enable visitors to intuitively explore visualizations of the church’s artistic treasures. Visitors could use a trackball to navigate freely through the model or select hotspots on a digitized diagram of the church’s layout that led directly to the most interesting views.


Foto: Ars Electronica Futurelab
Foto: Ars Electronica Futurelab


The project’s premiere under the joint auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Wintershall AG Kassel and the Cathedral Museum of Frankfurt am Main was held in conjunction with the 2003 Frankfurt Book Fair at which Russia was the honorary guest nation.

Senior Executive Developer:

Horst Hörtner

Keyresearcher / Virtual Environment:

Christopher Lindinger

Project Manager:

Andreas Jalsovec


Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirth, Wolfgang Ziegler, Stefan Feldler, Michael Büttner